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eDynamic Adds STEM, Vocational Training to Digital Offerings

With the acquisition of SAI Interactive Inc. and its digital offerings in STEM and career preparation, a Texas-based online curriculum provider will help train students for fields such as IT, manufacturing and logistics.

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The online course provider eDynamic Learning is adding digital resources for STEM career exploration and college and career readiness to its offerings with the acquisition of an ed-tech company in Tennessee.

The Texas-based company is buying SAI Interactive Inc. specifically for its Learning Blade and Ready for Industry software tools, according to a news release this week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Learning Blade and Ready for Industry offer an impactful expansion of the tools and resources from eDynamic Learning to further support our mission of guiding students’ passion to purpose,” Jerry Wooden, eDynamic president and CEO, said in a public statement. “By reaching learners at pivotal stages of their academic development, we can guide them to visualize and prepare for their futures and ultimately, enter the workforce ready for success with the necessary knowledge, skills and certifications for a wide range of industries.”

According to its website, eDynamic’s catalog includes more than 250 career-focused courses that can be used in a blended learning environment where students complete some work independently online and some in-person with a teacher or instructor. This approach is also different from more traditional schoolwork models in that, instead of homework being assigned after classroom instruction, students are assigned to watch a video or read content before the lesson, allowing the instructor to spend less time on introducing the subject and more time on classroom learning activities.

Learning Blade, an interactive tool that covers computer science and other STEM subjects for grades five through nine, features “mission-based” storylines in which teams of students learn about more than 100 careers by completing objectives. All told, the tool contains more than 400 lessons and presentations, as well as 3D printing capabilities, design-thinking lesson plans and parent resources, according to the news release. One of Learning Blade’s newest tools, Introduction to Coding, is commonly used in middle schools.

The Ready for Industry (RFI) platform is a career-preparation tool for high school students and adults that teaches them about a handful of industries, including health care, information technology, manufacturing, logistics and construction. Its credentialing program for all five industries includes 20-hour courses that work in conjunction with the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), according to the news release.

“By joining eDynamic Learning, more students and adults will have the ability to discover and better prepare for high-demand careers that align to their interests and meet the needs of the workforce,” Sheila Boyington, Learning Blade and Ready for Industry co-founder, said in a public statement. “With this new relationship and our successful statewide strategy, we are excited to have more support allowing even more states and organizations to have access to these innovative tools.”

SAI Interactive Inc. is eDynamic Learning’s fourth acquisition in three years, recently including the skills-training company Thinking Media in late 2022, and before that the remote-learning program Greenways Academy and the career-based simulation platform Knowledge Matters.